Johan Larsson rang in the new year in a Boston hospital.
The Sabres center, who was injured during Buffalo’s 3-1 loss to the Bruins on Saturday, is still recovering in Boston. Coach Dan Bylsma said Sunday that Larsson was hospitalized after suffering dislocations of his elbow and wrist.
“We’ll have a further evaluation on his situation once he gets back here, hopefully tomorrow at some point in time,” Bylsma said. “But he’s definitely long term at this point.”
Larsson crashed hard into the boards chasing a puck with the Bruins' Adam McQuaid.
McQuaid hit on Larssonhttps://t.co/RvT4pdFJKu
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A two-way center, Larsson usually defends against top lines while putting up six goals and 11 points in 36 games.
“It’ll be a real big loss,” Bylsma said in KeyBank Center. “A tough guy to play against. He battles hard every night for us. He’s been a leader in really having that grit and determination in our game. You felt it even in the game last night where he’s not there for the better part of three periods.”
Defenseman Josh Gorges, who suffered a hip injury against the Bruins, did not practice Sunday.
“Josh Gorges felt better today,” Bylsma said. “Hopefully, he’ll continue to improve here and we’ll see tomorrow on him.”
Goaltender Robin Lehner sat out with a maintenance day. Goaltending coach Andrew Allen served as the second goalie to Anders Nilsson.
Forward Will Carrier, who missed the Boston game with a hand injury, returned to the ice and said he’ll be ready to play Tuesday on the road against the New York Rangers.
Forward Tyler Ennis joined the Sabres for the opening of practice but left once battle drills began. He is still a week or two away from returning after sports hernia/groin surgery.
“He’s just assimilating back into practice where he can and when he can,” Bylsma said.
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